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To Tame a Wild Cowboy: Cupid, Texas

by Lori Wilde

Series: Cupid, Texas (7)

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What would it take to tame a wild cowboy? One minute, Rhett Lockhart is a love 'em and leave 'em bull rider with a slow, sexy smile, a swagger, and not a care in the world. The next, he learns his free-wheeling days are over: a baby has been abandoned in the hospital, and there's no question: he's the father. But from the first moment he gazes into his daughter's eyes, he knows the moment has come to say 'no' to no-strings. It's time to grow up. Standing in his way is the baby's foster mother, Tara Alzate, who doesn't quite believe Rhett is ready to change his ways. Still, she's not not immune to his considerable charms. So when he proposes a marriage of convenience and shared custody, against her better judgement, she says "I do." Can Tara tame this wild cowboy and make her own, long-buried dreams come true? A Cupid, Texas novel… (more)

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How I managed to make it to the end is a mystery within itself. The blurb drew me in and I expected this to be entertaining than it was but I was left bored with the plot and characters. Let's also mention Tara altitude is off putting and throughout the series, I found it hard to like her despite understanding her feelings in taking full custody of Julie. I'm not sure how Rhett was able to stay in the presence of her but I guess love works in mysterious ways. Overall, okay read and nothing to brag about. ( )
  ayoshina | Jun 15, 2019 |
When I first starting reading I was a little annoyed that we have yet again another man-ho and him with a woman that had nothing to do with the story, again annoyed. That being said I got why the author did it, she did to explain how Rhett was and why Tara felt the way she did. I am thinking that there are some previous books to this family since they were mentioned in the story and I wondered about them, not that I was lost because I wasn't but just after some of the things that were mentioned I will check into it. Tara annoyed me with her self righteousness and her snappy attitude, I got where she was coming from but after a while I was thinking all right time to chill with it, of course after the back in forth with her thinking and being stuck with the same mindset she finally decided to give Rhett a chance and were able to have a life together. I didn't understand why author would have her have an operation and then she would be ok, I didn't think the story needed and realistically not everyone would have it work out and wish it would have stayed that way and not enter wonderland.

Rcvd an ARC at no cost to author..(netgalley) voluntarily reviewed with my own thoughts and opinions ( )
  NelisPelusa | Jun 5, 2019 |
Good book. In previous books, Rhett has been the laid-back, fun-loving bull rider who flits happily from rodeo to rodeo and buckle bunny to buckle bunny. Commitment is not a word in his vocabulary except when it comes to his bid for the bull riding championship. He gets the shock of his life when he finds out that one of his one-night stands resulted in a baby girl who has been abandoned by her mother. He fell hard for little Julie, and though uncertain of his abilities, he was determined to be a good father to her. A potential obstacle to his plans is the baby's foster mother, Tara. Tara is the NICU nurse who cared for Julie while she was in the hospital and became the baby's foster mother. Tara wants to adopt Julie herself and isn't so sure that Rhett is up to the task.

I loved Rhett, even in the earlier books. There was no meanness in his avoidance of commitment - he always made sure the women he was with knew the score. He could have given up his rights and just walked away, but he didn't. My heart melted during the scene when he first held Julie, and you could see her grab his heart in her tiny fingers. I also liked that he wasn't too proud to admit that he needed Tara's help.

I had a little harder time liking Tara, especially at the beginning. She came across as very judgmental of Rhett and his life, even though he wasn't hurting anyone. She seemed far more interested in doing what she could to keep Julie for herself instead of being with her father. I wasn't sure if she was going to help Rhett or try to sabotage him, so I was happy to see her do the right thing. I did ache for her and the reasons she wanted Julie so much.

I enjoyed the development of the relationship between Rhett and Tara. Because of their long history, they knew each other pretty well already. Once they came to grips with Rhett's intention to raise Julie himself, they formed an excellent working relationship. Neither of them expected the attraction that flared between them. When obstacles are placed in Rhett's way during his attempt to gain permanent custody of Julie, Tara proposes a marriage of convenience. This will keep her in Julie's life and allow Rhett to continue to follow his dreams. I had to laugh at the way the marriage of convenience part didn't last past the wedding night. The attraction between them was too strong for a platonic relationship to have a chance at succeeding. I loved seeing them settle into happy family life, though both of them tried to deny the feelings that were growing between them. I ached for them both when their custody of Julie was unexpectedly threatened, and they believed that she was all that held them together. It took being apart for them to realize what their feelings for each other were. I loved Rhett's self-reflection and look at his future without Tara and decide that wasn't what he wanted. I loved the shock of the people around him as he took the only action he could. Tara had already accepted her feelings for Rhett but thought she was doing the right thing by letting him go. I loved seeing her best friend read her the riot act and give Tara the push she needed. Their reunion was awesome, and it was followed by an unexpected and very welcome surprise. The epilogue was great.

I enjoyed most of the secondary characters. It was great to see characters from previous books, especially with the way that the two families have intermarried. I loved Granny, and her stories of the humming heard when you kissed The One. Like her sisters before her, Tara didn't believe until it happened to her. My least favorite character was the judge. I couldn't believe her attitude about Rhett's career of bull riding. Would she do the same to a father who was a cop, soldier, firefighter, etc.? And then her actions regarding Julie's mother made it even worse. Someone needed to bring her into the 21st century. ( )
  scoutmomskf | May 26, 2019 |
I love this author and I have enjoyed seeing her stories evolve over the years and I have to say that this series, has been a struggle at times, nothing specific about any of the stories that are written, but I have had a more difficult time being engaged by them. At least in comparison to her older books. So I was pleasantly surprised to see that this book here showed such engagement that I didn't want to put this book DOWN!! It was such a page turner, and one I totally didn't expect and boy I got such a kick out of this book. Its far from perfect, but it had such delicious fun times and I do adore a sexy rodeo cowboy to lust over and the hero involved is the ticket for any romance lover. In To Tame A Wild Cowboy we have a story that begins with our hero who is living the perfect life for a man seeing thrills and excitment. But there is much more to this cowboy than meets the eye. Rhett Lockhart is a rising star for the rodeo and he is so close to winning and accomplishing his dream. Rhett is unlike his brothers and with his issues with his father, needed to be able to prove himself, and so he left home and created his own wealth. But just months before the rodeo finals, he learns that he is a father to a baby girl whose mother abandoned her at the hospital. So Rhett has to make some important decisions, including if he wants to be a father or not. Our heroine enters the story, Tara, is a nurse and after losing the chance to have a family she has craved the chance to be a mother. And when she becomes the foster mother for an abadoned infant preemie, so wants to be her real mother but there is one problem....the father wants his daughter and even though Tara loves her she knows that she might lose her. But there are many more issues involved with Rhett claiming his daughter, and a marriage of convenience comes into play. But will their relationship turn into something more than just a phsysical attraction....To Tame A Wild Cowboy is pretty much everything in the title....hehe....I was pretty impressed with how this author handled a rodeo theme, I don't believe she has done this before so I found it really engaging. Now I do want to point out that my one main issue with the book is our heroine. I really REALLY wanted to love her, but she was so judgmental on Rhett's lifestyle and the fact that he enjoys having sex. And yes he does "sow quite a few of his wild oats" but I honestly didn't find anything super wrong with his lifestyle, and the heroine has been judging him like this since he was a teenager. So I really didn't care in how she treated him, she eventually softens towards him but it was a problematic type of behavior that rubbed me the wrong way. There is so much character growth that we find in our heroe's journey as he discovers what its like to be a father and what he is willing to do to be the father that his daughter needs. We see how his universe changes from the first moment that he holds her, and his priorities change. He does make an effort in trying to balance out his career and the family he has chosen, but its not easy for him but I do love the change in him as fatherhood creates a more grounded man that is trying to be a better man. The romance that develops between these two is feisty, on the edge and unpredictable at times. We see that court decisions don't always turn out the way we expect and really left me in suspense until the very end. Overall I was impressed with How To Tame A Wild Cowboy, a heartfelt love story that takes us on a vibrant emotional journey that is guaranteed to tangle with your emotions and tug at those heartstrings...a romance that is emotionally stunning! ( )
  addictofromance | May 15, 2019 |
To Tame a Wild Cowboy has it all. A sexy, powerful bull rider named Rhett. An abandoned premie baby named Julie with 4 possible fathers, one of whom is Rhett’s win at all cost competitor. A foster mother, Tara, who was the baby’s NICU nurse & is a person from Rhett’s past. Lori Wilde takes all of these scenarios & crafts them into a well written love story. Rhett has taken advantage of his fame & the women who flocked to him. He’s determined not to get serious about anyone. Until he gets caught. A DNA test proves he’s the father & suddenly he’s on the ride of his life. Tara dislikes Rhett & his attitude but agrees to help him out while he petitions for custody. The more time they spend together, the more they see through each other’s shells & the more the attraction grows. What happens when the baby at the center of this is suddenly yanked away?

Each of the Cupid Texas stories are set in the same area & involve many of the same characters. However each story is designed to be a stand alone following the relationship of one couple. The common backstory & family connections give a depth to each story that is often missing. The familiar settings & characters add character definition & strength. The addition of Julie’s mother & Rhett’s fiercest competitor add a sense of inevitability & mystery. To Tame a Wild Cowboy is an entertaining story to read. ( )
  Pam50627 | Feb 26, 2019 |
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